Job Description


The Human Resource Specialist is responsible for maintaining various areas of the Human Capital Management System including sourcing and recruiting new staff, onboarding and orienting first-year staff, assisting the HR Coordinator with special projects, and processing personnel requests. This person works closely with the HR Coordinator and Benefits and Wellness Supervisor to strategize and coordinate projects and priorities aligned to Phoenix Elementary’s strategic plan and best practices in human capital management.


  • Develops and manages ongoing projects aligned to strategic plan goal of hiring, retaining, and developing highly motivated and effective staff.
  • Builds and maintains human capital management systems that reflect best practices and research-based innovations
  • Strategizes with Coordinator and Director to determine priorities for systems, projects, and transitions
  • Executes annual strategic staffing plans, including teacher recruitment plan and related projects
  • Strategizes, develops, and maintains develops external relationships and partnerships that support hiring, retaining, and developing highly motivated and effective staff.
  • Creates and edits human resources recordkeeping systems to ensure accuracy and efficient processing of employee information
  • Monitors efficacy of recruitment and onboarding processes
  • Maintains weekly vacancy notification tool and guides strategic actions of HR Technicians
  • Assists Coordinator and Director with key projects as directed
  • Obtains information necessary to answer requests for employment verification, unemployment insurance and other government requests
  • Performs other duties as assigned


The candidate must have the ability to:

  • Act as an informal leader when called upon, including leading project plans and staff development
  • Interface effectively with other departments, school personnel, other maintenance staff, and business contacts from outside of the district
  • Utilize business English, punctuation, grammar, and spelling
  • Code, classify, record, retrieve, and verify routine human resources information
  • Maintain accurate records and confidentiality where required
  • Understand and apply Arizona and Federal Department of Education requirements and regulations
  • Apply human resource management practices and provide excellent customer service without bias
  • Use complex computer software programs
  • Work independently with minimum supervision, prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and take direction
  • Understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues
  • Establish excellent judgment and exhibit integrity
  • Perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Governing Board policies
  • Maintain knowledge of department organization, methods, standards, and practices
  • Communicate necessary information to enable all staff members of Human Resources to perform their duties
  • Interpret district policy when processing all employee paperwork and when answering employee requests
  • Interpret and explain answers to questions about human resources’ functions and employee rights and responsibilities
  • Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form


  • None


  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the function of a Human Resources Specialist
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred


  • Ability to write professional reports and business correspondence
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from administrators, staff, and the public
  • Spanish Bilingual preferred

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and talk or hear and sometimes walk and sit.  The employee must use hands, arms, and fingers to input data, handle, feel or reach.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally push or lift up to 50 lbs. such as boxes, supplies, etc.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material, and the ability to adjust focus, close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is moderate to loud and can vary in temperature.

The nature of this position is fast-paced and may occasionally be thought of as stressful.

Through interaction with the public and other district employees, the employee may encounter different scents.


This position is treated as a full-time, non-exempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act.



The statements in this job description describe the essential function and requirements as assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required.

Employees must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test and extensive fingerprint and background check.

Discrimination against an otherwise qualified individual with a disability or any individual by reason of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity gender expression, age, or national origin is prohibited. Efforts will be made in recruitment and employment to ensure equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons.

PESD1 is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process contact Lauren Pagnotta, HR Coordinator, at (602) 257-6072 at least 3 days in advance.

This position is a grade 15 on the Support Staff Salary Schedule and is eligible for benefits. Placement on the salary schedule between $20.52 and $22.59, depending on experience. Learn more about our benefit plan options here: 


Shift Type: Full-Time

Job Contact Information
Name Victor Diaz
Title Director or Human Resources

Applications will be accepted beginning
Friday, April 8, 2022 12:00 AM
(Mountain Standard Time)

Application Instructions

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